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Murphee Doyle / Blog

About "Breaking World Records" EP

Three songs, recorded in Nashville, TN to analog tape: The session included songwriter, Matt Doyle, accompanied by five session players from the Nashville area. The song was cut live in the studio, with only over-dubs for instruments and vocals that needed isolation for sound quality. There was no click track, no digital enhancement, no cheating - just musicans feeding off of each other. The goal was to keep the song as pure and live as it gets, besides being there. Most of the lyrics were written in the studio after the music was tracked. The tracking took one day, the mixing took the next. By the end, 3 songs were tracked/mixed/mastered in a total of 22 hours.

The album title… The title of the album was one that would not be picked until something memorable happened in Nashville. On the last night, following a grueling two days of this fast-paced recording, Doyle and (producer) Kevin were eating in the world-famous Demo’s, downtown. While drinking some beers, waiting for a table, the bartender demanded that they eat at the bar – he threw down some menus and started rattling off specials. So, that was where they ate.

A few minutes later, after Kevin made a giant deal about some no-name jerk-off from American Idol’s signature being on Demo’s wall of fame, the bartender, (Black) Wes, asked what brought them to Nashville. Kevin (also Wes) mentioned, “We’re here recording.” Black Wes said, “what do you guys do?”

White Wes said, “Doyle is a musician; I make records.”

Black Wes asked, “You do what? Break records?” “No, I MAKE records…I’m a producer.”

Black Wes lost it!! In an arrogantly frame of voice, he yelled, “Oh!! I thought, ‘what do you do for a living?’ I break records…I break WORLD records!!” The three had a giant laugh, together.

Boom!! Album title, right there…”Breaking World Records.”

Their good friend better still be bartending when this album takes off – Once, a famous person is recognized in Demo’s, they get to sign a menu to be framed on the wall. Doyle and Kevin will return to get recognized and give Bartender Wes his dues. This, they promised him.

Album Credits:

Fast Awake Words and Music by: Matt Doyle Engineered by Andrija Tokic and Kevin Williams Produced by: Kevin Williams, Co-produced by: Matt Doyle and Dee Miller. Players: Ken Coomer (drums), Dave Roe (Bass), Mike Schrimpf (Keys), Deanie Richardson (Fiddle), Samantha Frances Cutler (Background vocals), Matt Doyle (Vocals, guitar) Recorded in analog at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN on July 12, 2012. Mastered by: Tom Volpicelli at The Mastering House in Pottstown, PA

Just I Words and Music by: Matt Doyle Engineered by Andrija Tokic and Kevin Williams Produced by: Kevin Williams, Co-produced by: Matt Doyle and Dee Miller. Players: Ken Coomer (drums), Dave Roe (Bass), Mike Schrimpf (Keys, Piano), Deanie Richardson (Fiddle), Samantha Frances Cutler (Background vocals), Matt Doyle (Vocals, guitar) Recorded in analog at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN on July 12, 2012. Mastered by: Tom Volpicelli at The Mastering House in Pottstown, PA

Another Words and Music by: Matt Doyle Engineered by Andrija Tokic and Kevin Williams Produced by: Kevin Williams, Co-produced by: Matt Doyle Players: Ken Coomer (drums), Dave Roe (Bass), Mike Schrimpf (Keys), Deanie Richardson (Fiddle, Mandolin), Samantha Frances Cutler (Background vocals), Matt Doyle (Vocals, guitar) Recorded in analog at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, TN on July 12, 2012. Mastered by: Tom Volpicelli at The Mastering House in Pottstown, PA

"Breaking World Records" EP on the way...

2012: This July 12, 13 was spent in a studio in Nashville, TN tracking an analog recording of three brand new Murph D songs. The songs were written the week before and tracked live at The Bomb Shelter on the first day. The band consisted of Matt Doyle (guitar and vocals), along with four additional Nashville session players. The band was lead by Dave Roe, who played bass and featured Ken Coomer on drums, Deanie Richardson on fiddle/mandolin and Mike Schrimpf on keys.

The session was produced by Kevin Wesley Williams and engineered by studio owner, Andrija Tokic. Both said people mixed the album on the second day.

The songs were written from a very organic perspective, with capturing a pure, "non-digital" sound as the primary objective. The entire approach of a fast and furious session really extracted the natural abilities in each player to make the songs come to life in each respective capacity. During Dave's work with Johnny Cash, he once told me Johnny Cash would enter a recording situation and say, "Alright, let's get this thing recorded, before we go learning it." There is an exactly similar attitude with "Breaking World Records." We treated it like a live show, where you have to play it right all the way through and over-thinking is not an option - natural playing is the only option. Again, this brought out the purist and most organic creativity in each player, which combined for such an incredible, unique sound. The songs are truly some of the most heartfelt I have written to date and capture, yet another chapter in my life. Stay tuned for a release by the end of July. -M. Doyle